New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Addictions Counselor 1/2

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-690 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 1 16 $50,722 $64,557
20-691 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 1 (Spanish Language) 16 $50,722 $64,557
20-692 ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR 2 18 $56,604 $71,980


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must meet the following requirements:

For Number 20-690, No. 20-691, and No. 20-692: You must be registered as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State. (See Note #3.)

In addition for Number 20-692: You must have the equivalent of one year of full-time professional post-CASAC addictions counseling experience.

For information on how to apply for New York State registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, write to: Credentialing Unit, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12203 or visit the website at Link).


  1. Registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor is necessary for continued employment as an Addictions Counselor 1, Addictions Counselor 1 (Spanish Language), or Addictions Counselor 2. Action will be taken to remove you from your position if you fail to maintain registration.
  2. Status as a CASAC Trainee is not qualifying for these exams.
  3. Candidates eligible for reciprocity through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) may apply.
  4. If you are considered for an appointment as an Addictions Counselor 1 (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your proficiency in the Spanish language. Proficiency must be at a level that will assure your ability to properly perform the duties of the position.
  5. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  6. In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

The Positions

These positions exist with the State University of New York at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) at 12 Addiction Treatment Centers located throughout the state.

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As an Addictions Counselor 1, you would provide individual counseling and case management services to patients in a treatment facility. You would also conduct individual and group therapy; prepare and carry out treatment plans; participate in case reviews; assess patients' psychosocial condition; determine the effects of alcohol and other drug use; present educational materials to community groups, patients, and other staff; and provide leadership, training, and direction to staff engaged in the day-to-day care and supervision of patients.

As an Addictions Counselor 2, you would function as the senior therapist on an addictions treatment team and serve as primary therapist for the most difficult patients. Responsibilities include case management; conducting individual and group counseling; providing treatment to family or significant others; assessing patient needs and developing treatment plans; interdisciplinary team coordination; conducting large group presentations; managing and supervising the admission process; and carrying out program development and evaluation. You would also have supervisory responsibility over professional and paraprofessional staff of the team overseeing the effective clinical care of assigned patients.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible on the examination application NYS APP form. In addition to your Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor registration information, indicate all college degrees received and the fields of study. Describe all work experience with alcoholic, mentally ill, or chemically dependent clientele. Be specific about the settings in which you worked, the duties you performed, and clientele served. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in your favor. If you need more space, attach additional 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans??? and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How and Where to Apply

A list of the facilities where these positions exist, and instructions for submitting an application, are a part of this announcement. Do not send applications to the Department of Civil Service. You must specify, in the remarks section of the application form, each of the locations below where you are interested in employment. If you have any questions about these examinations, write or call any of the listed facilities.

If you wish to be considered for appointment at any of the Addiction Treatment Centers listed below, mail your application directly to:

C.K. Post Addiction Treatment Center
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
Building 1, 998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717-1087
(631) 434‑7209

Dick Van Dyke Addiction Treatment Center
1330 County Road 132
Ovid, NY 14521
(607) 869‑9500

Bronx Addiction Treatment Center
Bronx Psychiatric Center
Building 13
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461-2723
(718) 904-0026, Ext. 2

Creedmoor Addiction Treatment Center
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
Building #19, CBU 15
80‑45 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village, NY 11427
(718) 264‑3740

Russell E. Blaisdell Addiction Treatment Center
Rockland Psychiatric Center, Bldg. 57
Box 140
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1129
(845) 359‑8500

South Beach Addiction Treatment Center
South Beach Psychiatric Center
Building 1, 2nd Floor
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305-3499
(718) 667‑5202

McPike AddictionTreatment Center
1213 Court Street
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 738-4600

John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center
Rochester PsychiatricCenter
1111 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620-3005
(585) 461‑0410

M. A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center
360 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213-1205
(716) 882‑4900

St. Lawrence Addiction Treatment Center
One Chimney Point Drive
Hamilton Hall
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-2291
(315) 393‑1180

Richard C. Ward Addiction Treatment Center
Suite No. 12/16, Building 92
117 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 341-2500

Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center
754 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 453-3200

If you wish to be considered for appointment at the Research Institute on Addictions, 1021 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203-1016 - (716) 887-2566, mail your application to:

New York State has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. Therefore, applications will be accepted at any time and will be rated whenever additional employees are needed. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Accommodation Unit of the Department of Civil Service at

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 8/18

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